Former Corrections director Roger Walker dies – Springfield, IL – The State Journal-Register

Roger Walker Jr., who served as director of the Illinois Department ofCorrections from 2003-2009, died Saturday afternoon at a Springfield hospital after battling a series of illnesses. He was 63.

The (Decatur) Herald & Review reported Walker suffered from a digestive system problem beginning in 2009 that required hospitalization on a number of occasions since then.

Walker is a former sheriff in Macon County and became the first elected black sheriff in state history.

“Roger was a great guy, a history-maker and a man of the community,” Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement released Sunday. “As the first elected black sheriff in Illinois history, Roger made a difference in Macon County. As director of the Department of Corrections and later a member of the Prisoner Review Board, he made a difference throughout Illinois. Roger believed in power of the law, and he proudly upheld the law. He loved democracy. We won’t soon see someone like him again.”

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